Healthcare

June 16, 2016, SETMA received a note from our friends in China. They have previously made two visits to SETMA and as this note indicates they want to visit a third time. The note stated:

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SETMA’s Medication Reconciliation Tutorial is online at www.setma.com/epm-tools/medication-reconciliation-tutorial. This is important because the most critical function in medical record keeping is the maintenance of and access to an accurate, valid list of the medications a person is taking.

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The context of my visit with the Lamar pre-professional students included my discussion of the OSR and the AAMC. My relationship with the founding dean of the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio is part of that context.

(Author’s Note: This letter was sent to the founding dean of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio School of Medicine upon the occasion of the Dedication on Feb. 17 of the Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly Auditorium)

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In the spring of 1970, at the Student American Medical Association – renamed American Medical Student Association in 1975 – I was elected the first chairman of the OSR. The first national meeting of the OSR was held in December 1971.

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Today, you stand upon the precipice of the rest of your life. Precipice – “a very steep side of a mountain or cliff; a point where danger, trouble, or difficulty begins” – is not often used in this context. More often, one would choose threshold, which means “the point or level at which something begins or changes.” In actuality, both precipice and threshold apply to commencement.

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In a nationwide lecture and Webinar on electronic prescribing of controlled substances (ePCS), the benefits of ePCS were discussed this week in Austin. Performed in the context of identifying safety and quality issues related to all medication prescribing habits and methods, the discussion included “medication reconciliation,” one of the most important aspects of prescribing medications.

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March 22, The Texas Health Institute (THI) invited SETMA to participate in an initiative for the promotion of dental health as an integrated part of patient-centered care. The Oral Health 2020 project was convened by The DentaQuest Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes dental health.

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After tossing the chalk into the air, I asked, “What made the chalk fall to the floor?” I answered my own question, saying, “You think it’s gravity, but it is the little green people. They live in the air and are cleaning their homes.” I then gave a 15-minute speech on the little green people. I had one in my pocket. Part of my speech was a brief dialogue with my invisible friend, one of the little green people.

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In May 1965, Carolyn Ann Bellue and myself graduated from Northwestern State College (NSC) in Natchitoches, Louisiana, which became Northwestern State University (NSU) in 1970.

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In 2016-2017, SETMA will be reaccredited by the following organizations:

1. NCQA Diabetes Recognition (accredited from 2010-2016) reaccreditation due April 2016

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